First-Timers: Better Chances in Colorado and Texas

The housing market today is unprecedented, and buyers are contending with cost pressures and short supply—but, according to a recent report by WalletHub, there are cities where conditions are more favorable for first-time homeowners: Broken Arrow, Okla. Tampa, Fla. Centennial, Colo. Boise, Idaho Grand Rapids, Mich. Thornton, Colo. Frisco, Texas McKinney, Texas Cary, N.C. Gilbert, […]

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Cryptocurrency, Cyber Fraud Focus of Trump Task Force

On an executive order by President Trump, four agencies established the Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud last week, charged with guiding “the investigation and prosecution of cases involving fraud on the government, the financial markets and consumers, including cyber fraud and other fraud targeting the elderly, service members and veterans, and other […]

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Is Amazon Embarking on Home Insurance?

July 16 is Prime Day, and this year’s deals feature double discounts on Alexa-enabled smart home devices, including Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets, Amazon reports. As the marketplace giant gets more and more involved in the lives of homeowners, could consumers start to see offshoots into other home-related services? Amazon-run home insurance could be […]

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Appraisals Bring Fewer Seller Surprises

Appraisals brought fewer seller surprises at the start of summer, with appraisals in June just 0.25 percent below what homeowners predicted—the closest the gap has been since February 2015, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). Appraised home values rose 4.57 percent year-over-year, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Value […]

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Maria’s Impact: Puerto Rico Home Values Take a Hit

But Interest in Market Grows Nine months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, residents are still in the midst of recovery, and real estate prices continue on a downward trend. According to a new Point2Homes report, property values saw a 15 percent decrease since the hurricane hit, currently at nearly half of […]

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Confidence in Housing Slightly Wilts

The confidence consumers have in housing is slightly wilting, as homebuyers are immobilized by sparse supply, according to the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) for June. At 90.7, the Index flattened 1.6 percentage points month-over-month, but remains up by 2.4 percentage points year-over-year. Twenty-eight percent of homebuyers are optimistic about purchasing—no change from […]

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Demand Expands to Hot Inland Markets

California’s domination as the hottest housing state is weakening, as other affordable markets trend up, according to the latest ranking by realtor.com®. California dipped out of the top five markets for the first time in six years, with the Bay Area finishing at No. 6. Close to half of the top 20 markets in the […]

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Millennial Buyers Face a Tough Housing Market

(TNS)—Yvonne Jimenez Smith and her husband, Brandon Smith, spoke in whispers recently as they visited a white stucco house they planned to buy on a leafy street in San Jose, Calif. After six months of aggressive hunting, they were on their way to a small suburban home of their own after spending most of their […]

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Rents Stir Up to Sustainable Trend

Appreciation heated up on rentals this spring, with the May median monthly rent totaling $1,440, an increase of 2.1 percent year-over-year, according to the May Zillow® Real Estate Market Report. Last May, the increase in median rent was 0.7 percent. “Over the past two years, rent growth slowed across the country as new apartments hit […]

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CoreLogic: May Prices Up 7.1 Percent

Analysts are anticipating home prices to tick up, but decelerated to a lesser pace, according to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index (HPI®) report. CoreLogic data found that May prices rose 1.1 percent month-over-month and 7.1 percent year-over-year. According to a forecast in the report, prices will have risen 0.3 percent in June, and increase 5.1 […]

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